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A New Favorite

I follow two family blogs, and both happen to be two of my favorites. I wasn’t sure why I was drawn to these mommy blogs, but I think I know now. I’ve learned so much from these types of blogs that I follow. Also, seeing a family develop and grow is really fascinating, even if it’s not my own.

Recently, I found yet another family/mommy blog that I for see as being one of my newest favorites. It’s called Momma’s Gone City. You may have heard of it because it’s been all over the news recently (I’ll get to that shortly).

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The blog is written by the mom above, Jessica, and features her three beautiful children, cat, and puppy. One thing I really like about this blog is all of the pictures Jessica posts. She does not skimp. Each post is accompanied by many lovely photos that she takes herself.

 IMG_4375 IMG_6563IMG_6481Another thing about this blog that I love is that the family lived in NYC for quite some time… and I love NYC. Also, they just moved to Santa Cruz, which looks absolutely beautiful. And I love the ocean. Win-win for me.

Back to this blog being in the news recently. Not too long ago, Jessica and her family adopted their little puppy Theo and brought him home. Theo immediately took to Beau, Jessica’s youngest child, and would sleep with Beau every day during his nap. The pictures went viral because they are so unbelievably adorable. Search the hashtag #TheoandBeau on Instagram to see all of the pictures.

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I can’t get over these pictures. They are the cutest.

Best Time of the Year

Fall is my favorite time of year. The weather is gorgeous, it starts to cool down, and I can finally wear a sweater without sweating with one of my favorite scarves. The leaves change to beautiful hues of orange and red and the excitement of the holidays coming up puts me in a great mood. Fall is the inspiration for the next blog I am posting about: Autumn Cozy.

I have posted a number of times about picture blogs and this is another one of those. I have said time and again, “Who doesn’t love a pretty picture?!” And that rings true for this blog. Autumn Cozy is filled with beautiful pictures of fall. It is a great reminder of why I love this season so much. Looking at this blog is like stepping into the coziest room full of everything you love plus hot coco and fluffy blankets.

The author, who’s name happens to be Autumn, posts many different fall-related photos. There are a lot of fall dessert pictures:

And, of course, there are many pictures of the colorful fall leaves:

There are pictures of fall clothing, and I love fall clothing:

mrsjuliejones:clubmonaco:Cashmere blanket in buffalo plaid. Perfect for your chilly cabin. I’m kind of obsessed with buffalo check plaid…

And plenty of fall coziness:

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I could seriously spend hours on this blog scrolling through the thousands of pictures on it. There’s something about fall that makes me feel so comfortable, and looking at this brings that right to me on my computer screen.

LA Street Style

I tend to like blogs that revolve around a certain city or place, which might be obvious since I follow so many NYC-based blogs. The next blog I am featuring is based in LA. It’s called Native Fox and is a street fashion blog.

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I really like fashion blogs but many are unrealistic for, say, a poor college student like me. This woman does wear expensive clothing, but her clothes aren’t inaccessible to the everyday woman.

This blog is made by one woman who models her everyday outfits on the streets of LA.

I like how she posts casual looks as well as dressy looks.
And, of course, she provides a variety of angels and shots to show off her outfits.
Another thing that I really like is that she doesn’t write too much. Some bloggers will go on and on about a certain subject and it can be way too much reading for a blog. When I think blog, I don’t think about a lot of text. She writes a short explanation of her outfit and why she’s wearing it, and what she is up to for the day. For a fashion blog, that’s really all you need (plus the brands and links to the clothes you’re wearing, which she does).
The author, Jennifer, also has posts of inspiration in which she posts a handful of things she really likes at the time. Most recently she posted about her top ten skin care products.
She gave an explanation of each product and why she likes it. When fashion blogs have something a little extra, it really adds to the blog.

 

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I (Still) Heart NYC

It has been quite some time since I have blogged about New York City, but no worries, I still love it. I am graduating in December and, therefore, have been applying to (many, many) jobs. Since I have high hopes to go back to the city I fell in love with two summers ago, most of the jobs I’m applying for are in NYC. Needless to say, New York has been on my mind even more so than normal lately.

This brings me to the next blog I am blogging about: this is why i love ny.

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The woman who writes this blog (her identity is not part of the blog) will either post random things that make her love the city or will write longer-form posts that go more in-depth of why she loves NYC. I like that she combines both styles because sometimes I don’t want to do a lot of reading but more seeing.

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In this post, she said she loved NYC for the creation of a new food genre: Japanese-Jewish food. This is matzo ball ramen soup from Shalom Japan, a new restaurant in New York.

The author also excepts pictures and explanations of why YOU love New York. You can submit them on her blog or you can instragram a picture with the hashtag #thisiswhyiloveny.

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This is a submission from one of her followers. She included his name and his caption along with the picture.

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Recently, she wrote a post called “How Desirable Is Unavailable? A ‘Bachelorette’s’ Human Experiment.” Her and a few friends had a fake bachelorette party where they took turns being the bachelorette at each bar. They discovered some pretty cool things about men and it’s worth checking out. In fact, Huffington Post, Fox 5 News, and The Frisky spoke about her post on their news segments!
If you’re a lover of NYC but cannot currently be there, this is definitely something that helps cope.

Inspire My Closet

I’m always looking for inspiration whether it be recipe or meal ideas, decorating tips or DIY how-to’s. One area I am always searching for a little idea help is fashion. That’s why I love following fashion blogs. I love seeing new ways to wear things, different combinations of unrelated items, and new and different ways to accessorize.

Enter the blog What I Wore.

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I am a little picky when it comes to fashion blogs but for good reason. I don’t want to look at a fashion blog that is just pictures of what someone wears every single day. I’m gonna need a little information with all those fab photos of you wearing your fab clothes. For example, tell me where each piece is from and link to a place where I can purchase the piece. If I can no longer buy that piece, give me a link to where I can buy a similar piece. Jessica, the blogger, does just that and I love it.

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Another reason I’m picky about fashion blogs is because I don’t really care much about clothing that I cannot afford, probably will never be able to afford, and clothing that I would never wear because it is very outlandish. As you can see from the above picture, Jessica does not spend mass amounts of money on designer pieces. She shops at places I regularly hit such as J.Crew, Target, and Old Navy. Even though some of these pieces are relatively cheap, she makes them look very chic.

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Jessica makes it super easy to shop for the clothes she is wearing in her post, which is a definite plus.

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She’ll also have links to posts with similar outfits, which is great because it helps you think of ways to style pieces in different ways. Woohoo!

Another reason I like this fashion blog is because it’s not just a blog with the outfit she wears everyday (boring). She incorporates different posts to make it fun. For instance, the post Top 20 Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults on What I Wore (OMG!!!). I literally cannot believe she made all of those costumes herself.

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Another example of the different types of posts she does is this: Your Workplace Wardrobe on What I Wore. She compiles work outfits of her own all in one place, which is helpful to those looking for just work clothing. work+wear+2

B&B: It No Longer Stands for Bed & Breakfast…

it stands for Breaking Bad.

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In my opinion, Breaking Bad is hands down the best show ever created. After last night’s insane, crazy, amazing episode, I must blog about a Breaking Bad blog. It is one I just found, but I can guarantee I will be spending more time on it than blogs I follow religiously. Breaking Bad is my new religion.

Enter AMC’s Breaking Bad blog. Naturally, AMC was the place to look for a Breaking Bad blog since the show airs on this network. AMC does a great job blogging about everything that is going on with Breaking Bad such as Awards won, interviews with the actors in magazines or other news outlets, exclusive Q&As with the actors, behind-the-scenes videos, all information about new episodes of Talking Bad, the live after show to Breaking Bad, and so much more.  Goodbye life.

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The Best Cast (and Creator) Ever

Some of my favorite parts about this blog are the “Inside Breaking Bad” videos. They have the actors talk about the episode that just aired and discuss what they think is going on with their characters. Check out the Inside Breaking Bad: Season 5 Episode 13, “To’hajiilee” below.

This blog has anything and everything a Breaking Bad lover could want. I am so happy to have found this.

Preppy & Fun

I recently came across a new blog that I really like. It’s called Classy Girls Wear Pearls and is all about preppy fashion. The author, Sarah Vickers, loves to wear preppy clothes and clearly does so all the time.

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While I do love this blog for the fashion, I’m not an always-preppy-clothed kind of woman. However, Sarah and her friends live in Rhode Island on the coast and are always finding adventure. They do things that me and my friends don’t often do, living on the coast and in New England.

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They go walking on the rocks along the shore, they go “birding” or bird watching in the water, and they go play in the ocean and the lighthouses. It seems that her and her friends are always doing something whether it’s going out to the water and finding adventure or going to a friend’s lovely home and hanging out with friends. Whatever she’s doing, she’s dressed to perfection in preppy bliss.

Another thing about this blog that I really like is that it features men’s fashion, as well. All of her guy friends happen to be impeccably dressed at all times too, not just the ladies.

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And not to mention the fabulous parties they hold and attend…

Love.

Recently, I’ve become infatuated with weddings. My sister got engaged a little over a year ago and a ton of her friends are getting engaged and married, so I see wedding pictures all the time. Also, a couple of my friends work for my friend’s mom’s flower shop and they bring flowers to weddings all the time and have beautiful pictures from the weddings.

Since I will be my sister’s Maid of Honor, I have been looking up wedding details ever since she got engaged. This leads me to how I discovered wedding blogs. And they are wonderful. I love seeing all different kinds of weddings and all the different details. There are so many options when it comes to weddings. You can do anything and everything. There are so many things that make weddings wonderful.

I follow two wedding blogs: Wedding Chicks and Style Me Pretty. Both do a great job at capturing all of those wonderful wedding details that make weddings so beautiful. Both blogs have great photography and include information directly from the bride, which is a nice touch. Something extra special that I like about Wedding Chicks is that they provide a little more information than Style Me Pretty. Wedding Chicks has more information about the details the bride chose, which is nice for those women looking at wedding blogs for inspiration for their own weddings.

Here are some pictures from Wedding Chicks, which focuses more on details:

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rustic wedding ideas               dessert table ideas

Here are some pictures from Style Me Pretty, which focuses more on the bride & groom:

     

Style Me Pretty also includes videos! Who doesn’t love an adorable wedding video?!

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On to one of my most passionate passions: FOOD! Cue inappropriate fat jokes. Honestly, I don’t understand people who DON’T love food. My love for food has definitely grown over the years. It most likely stems from when I discovered the Food Network and couldn’t – and still can’t – stop watching. I watch Giada at HomeBarefoot ContessaPaula’s Best Dishes30 Minute MealsAce of Cakes,Chopped, and my favorite, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Side note: I do NOT watch these shows daily. Then the show Top Chef started, and I fell in love (it really is a good show. Check it out!).
But then, of course, I discovered food blogs (duh)! Food blogs are awesome. These blogs introduce readers to easy access to recipes, new foods and recipes they haven’t seen before, ways to transform everyday eats into something new and different, easy ways to make meals and so much more. The plus? All of this is at your fingertips. I would suggest to anyone looking to do something different with their daily eating routine to take a few quick glances at some food blogs. There are endless meal ideas. Food blogs can easily help anyone looking for a change in food pace.
One of my favorite food blogs is Dinner: A Love Story. It’s a very popular food blog and one of my other favorite blogs has mentioned this one a few times. The reason I love this blog is because the author, Jenny, is constantly posting new recipes with pictures and a story behind it. But I love this blog for more than her recipes because her blog is so much more than recipes. DALS is very family oriented, so Jenny has done posts on “How to Talk to Kids About Healthy Eating” and how to control overeating dessert. Recently, she did a post on the “100 Rules of Dinner” that I loved. Since I love all blogs so much, the fact that this is not soley recipe-centered food blog, made me a follower. I think one of the reasons I love blogs so much is that you get to learn about other people’s lives and what they’re doing with them. I find it so interesting. Anyway, here are some pictures and posts from DALS.
Burrito bowl:
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Jenny gives a weeknight and weekend version (the weeknight being an easier recipe). She gives directions for making the chicken, beans, rice, salsa, and guacamole! Awesome.
Some rules I liked are:
1. “Acid” is usually the answer when you taste a dish and wonder ‘What’s missing?’
9. There are very few problems in a kid’s life that aren’t momentarily solved by a stack of chocolate chip pancakes on Saturday morning.
11. No need to sift. Whisking is just as effective.
37. When someone says they drink “one to two” glasses of wine a night, you can pretty much assume its two.
I could keep going. These rules are great.
While I do love a food blog that gets off topic, I wanted one that just gave me its best recipes (well, with just a tad of outside life). And that’s exactly what smitten kitchen does! Deb, the author, posts (almost) weekly recipes of the things she makes from her tiny New York City kitchen. The main reason I love this food blog is because she posts great photos for each step of the recipe, which are helpful for those who actually attempt to make them. And who doesn’t love looking at beautiful pictures of food?! Here are some of Deb’s recipes.
One of Jen’s recipes that looks delectable: salted caramel brownies
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 ready to bake, caramel gems on top            runny salted caramel brownies